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There May Be A Castle nominated for Carnegie


Posted on November 6, 2017

There May Be A Castle has been nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, one of a 121 titles nominated for this 80 year old award. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstan…

Win FREE tickets to The Box of Delights!


Posted on October 31, 2017

To celebrate the world premiere of my adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights Wilton’s is running a drawing competition for Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). We would like you to draw or paint a pic…

Costa Book Award Judges announced.


Posted on September 29, 2017

The judges for this year’s Costa Book Award have been announced…and I’m one of them. Along with Sanchita Basu De Sarkar from the Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill and Fiona Noble from The Booksell…

Interviewed by John Craven on BBC Countryfile


Posted on September 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to talk to John Craven about Roald Dahl (they knew each other) about how Dahl was inspired by the countryside on a special tribute episode of BBC Countryfile.   I enjoyed a grea…

The Box of Delights – world premiere announced


Posted on July 3, 2017

‘John Masefield’s The Box of Delights is one of the true classics. It has all the magic, adventure, threat, enchantment & excitement of the best tales for children of all ages. I remember wrigglin…

The Wild Beyond shortlisted for Islington Book Award


Posted on February 21, 2017

I was so proud to go to the Arsenal Emirates Stadium this afternoon, for a vey special ceremony, with hundreds of local Islington school children – the first ever Islington Primary Schools Book of the…